A Palestinian rides past residential buildings in Beit Lahiya town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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A spokesman for Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza, set to expire Friday morning, collapsed.The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas, in which 1,886 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side were killed, was due to end at 8 a.m. Friday.In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said there was no official stance on either renewing the truce or resuming the fighting, but an anonymous official familiar with the talks was pessimistic.Hamas and Palestine Liberation Organization officials have laid out a number of demands, starting with the lifting of Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza.
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